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1 POULTRY DEPARTMENT. | |
2 HARRY BAILEY, Enron. Wot Point, Miss. f if ■ This Department will bean educational department, and to nuit * 1 3j it to the readers, w e will gladly atiswei all ipiestiotis pertaining to Jp i Poultry in those columns. .J ri I Show Dates Mississippi Poultry ami Pet Stock Association. Altcnlecn, Mis*, |)ec. 2n-.V>. s. T I.ca. jtnlpe. a. Br.innin. secretart. Birmingham, Ala.. l»cc. 12 15. >. .1. Johnson, tml^e. I’has. Barber, secretary Mobile, Ala . Not. 2'-Dec. 1. K. K 11 ay ssen. secret arv. Shows Now that the show season is on for fair, much attention will he piven to, and deserted by. these exhibitions. The county shows come first and every breeder ol fancy jh»u’ try where such fairs or shows are held should exhibit, but it is not tor the larpe calibre breeder to butt in and wrest the honors from the local and amateur breeder. Neither is the panic really worth the powder; but if it were, it is not a fair deal. 1 ne old expert breeder knows to a fraction what bis birds should score, and how to exhibit to the best advantage; and if he is hoggish enough to go in and gobble everything in sight, be will not only kill the smaller show, but will also kill the bust, ness. What Knal man would be fool enough to enter his trotter or pacer against s«w h horses as Pan Patch, Star Pointer, etc..' Hut havoig been schooled in the county shows, having gotten a correct idea of what an exhibi tion bird should be, the small breeder is ready to enter the Slate shows and compete intel ligently tor the honors and pub licity which such exhibitions be stow upon the victors. We are satisfied that the com ing show at Aberdeen during the holidays will be beyond question far the* largest and most important show ever held in tlo South, and w* w ill not be surprised t*» see th* • n tries t id > h the 2'H»o mark. il. indeed, it due c not exceed that UiUltber. ! Any breeder that w:as a place ill this show will have well earn ed it. and we hope that every breeder in this section ot the South will have some ol his best , stock on exhibition. Let every breeder lend his aid and influence in making this j a show that will be «>n a par with those of New York City, Boston, and Chicago. \Ye can do it. and I have faith enough in our Southern brethren to be- i lieve that we will do it. Tliinus We Kem) A whole lot of contributions and nri * articles on nuultrv raising tnat we see uowadavs m a jfood many poultry ami larm papers ■lust have been written by humorists and others who perhaps never set a hen or gath ered an ckk in all their lives; and how an intelligent editor ever ac ccpts and publishes the)< rot is a puzzler. • >nc crank has the nerve to tell us. that all diseases «>i fowls is produced from some intury sus tamed physically. For instance, if a chicken gets hung in a wire fence, it may produce cholera, roup, or limbcrneck; and a whole lot of stuff along this line which the public is supposed to be lt ve. Another ultra intelligent Alex ander tells us that milk, either sweet or sour, is ol no bs»d value in producing either flesh or eggs. Lvery housewife knows better. Others tell us to feed every thing, from »cd paint to cpsom salts that can be bought in a drug store —a ration that would cost about 2.^ Cents a day for each bird. The innocent beginner reads all this and then goes to bed and has a nightmare, tr,ing to figure out a profit on 2" cents a do/en eggs that it costs lo prodm e. W'r hopr * opv i« tun sn scarce with »b* brrfhf>n of the pr« ^ ' that they must put»li »b this trash. 'riusu things onl\ ! amuae the experienced breeder* but discourage the beginner. And then some fellow or sister will butt in with a little sc 1 f-mailt free advertising, telling about their new breed that lavs two eggs every day and three on Sun day and holidays; and loves cold weather so .veil that it has to be fed on cracked icc to keep it from laving hard boiled eggs, and the colder it gets tbcoftener and bigger eggs it lays, while every bod y*s else fowls arc frozen corpses. So it goes until the weary be ginner begins to think with good King David, that "All men land some womeoj are iurs. Still another crank tells u that exercise is the thing ami that a thimbiefuil of millet seed scattered in a litter pen will I make you wear yourself out car rying eggs to market and toting the money home. Fool notions and marvelous' new world beaters are good1 things to let alone. t*et a good | start from an old line bred, i time tried strain, and then, with plenty of good feed, good care, ami common sense management, you will succeed. It takes an expert to experiment scientific ally, one who understands thor oughly the lawn of cause and effect. When a beginner *adcn into the unknown, be wades into trouble. Some lien Thought* — Kven the very best fowls must have good care to wio good re sults. 1*0 n«<t wait until you arc ready to use an incubator before you buy it. American Kedn in the latent entitlement of the Kune Comb Khodc Inland Kedn. When you absorb chicken ad vice, be nure you get it from a man »• ho known and who m also honest. Kig oi»en doom arc the proper ventilation for the |x ultry bouse; draughts will cause colds, roup anti trouble. Line breeding in the only way to success. Infusing new blood irtnn an outside source means to bvgiu all over again. I h« balaut cd ration <|uentioti is »til' agitating the more icntitn brethren, while the good hard Iccder is gcltiug the egg*. Remember it will take corking *ood birds to Kcl in the prizes in »he comini; state show at Aber deen. It's the swell show of the South. Say. sister can t von sleep more soundly when you know that your fowls are protected from wind and ram and have been fed liberal.y The latest candidates in the ooultry world are buff duckn, Rhode Island Wnites, aniJ Buff Barred Kocks, all of which will probably be off-red the pub ic in mother year. So great is the demand for Hu If Leghorn's, that the supply of every breeder m the country is exhausted before the season rtally starts. Hying the most prolific of all the laying strains, ind in addition a perfect broiler, they are recognized from every source as "the chicken what IH. Topping (,ott"ii *v \\ . Wi*bb. H.uincr, 'I •*» The editor of thcGiettc hat isked me to give ttly experience with topping cotton. 1 have practiced it for 25 years, and have always found it paid me. I left a few rows not topped to compare with those that were; and believe that we made fully $10 a day to each hand that did good work while topping. I must nay. though, that the crop is cot one-third as good as was expect ed earlier in the season that it would be. though the corn crop is very good. I do the topping during full tnoon in July and go from three to six inches drip, according to the height ol the stalk. You should be sure not to pinch rut the very bud that ought to be left. I have topped cotton all kinds of seasons, wet anil dry; and can’t sec any difference. Hut more should be taken out wet seasons. By so doing it won t sucker. My cotton has matured full grown bolls m the top, and is opening from the bottom to the top. I advise farmers to top the little as well as tbc large. I find the Ha/i.ih a great help When supplviug poultry "dh soil food remember that soil fwOd call --.Cl! UJ iU’-lvU.